If, as some critics have claimed, The Cabin in the Woods made the horror genre obsolete, someone forgot to tell screenwriter Oren Peli. The Paranormal Activity auteur is having none of your sly postmodern chicanery; he’s content here to vaguely sketch a cast of dumb young people (the sincere guy, the hot but intelligent chick, the playa, etc.) and set them loose like rats in a maze. The maze is Pripyat, the radioactive city next to the Chernobyl nuclear reactor; the rats are good at running, but ultimately stupid; and the maze is laden with traps like mutant fish, a pack of wild dogs and…something else. Director Bradley Parker shakes his camera around a lot. By the end, it’s we in the audience who feel like test subjects, relenting to an unwelcome examination of the flinch reflex.
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